Jacksonville MLK Lunch To Benefit Montford Point Marines

Proceeds from a luncheon in Jacksonville celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. will benefit a museum that honors the first black Marines.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that the luncheon is being held Monday at the Montford Point Marine Museum aboard Camp Johnson, where the first black Marines trained.

Proceeds from the $25 tickets will support the museum.

Speakers include Charmaine McKissick-Melton, an associate professor at North Carolina Central University whose father was among the Civil Rights-era Freedom Riders.

Also speaking is Edgar R. Huff III. His grandfather was one of the first black Marines to be promoted to sergeant major.

The event follows last year's national recognition for the Montford Point Marines, who received approval to get the Congressional Gold Medal.

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  • by 250 W/O sleep Location: Jax on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:16 AM
    I had oportunity to go to and have a semi guided tour of the museum by one of the Montford MARINES. I was floored. Growing up in the 60's in NY blacks were still very despised. Fortunately I did not grow into a "biggoted/prejudiced" family. Not being a homegrown boy from Jax I also learned some unique things these Black Men faced as Marines and in Jacksonville. My eyes were opened widely.

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